I Don’t Want to Take a Nap!

“I Don’t Want to Take a Nap!” Friend, June 1993, 30–31

I Don’t Want to Take a Nap!

Do not run faster or labor more than you have strength (D&C 10:4).

“But I don’t want to take a nap.

I don’t,” Melinda said.

“I want to run and jump and play,

Not lie here in my bed.

“I want to go play hide-and-seek

With Jon and Bill and Sue;

Or maybe make a picture book

With scissors, paint, and glue.

“There are games to play and books to read—

I can’t lie here all day.

There is so much I want to do.

I’m just not tired, I say.

“I could be soaring on the swing

Or working with my clay.

Playing jump rope, jacks, or house

Would be just great today.

“There are so many things to do,

Like playing with my doll.

There are puzzles, toys, and storybooks.

I need to do them all!

“The animals on Grandpa’s farm—

The horses, cows, and sheep—

I’d rather go and visit them;

They’re much more fun than sleep.

“There are a hundred things to do

Instead of lie in bed—

I wish that I could do them all,

’Cause I’m not tired,” she said.

“The sun outside is bright and warm

For splashing in the pool.

And if it gets too hot to swim,

The shade tree’s nice and cool.”

Melinda yawned and rubbed her eyes,

Then sat down on her bed.

She felt worn-out from just the thought

Of doing all she’d said.

She smiled at Mom who handed her

A pillow for her head.

She closed her eyes and then she fell

Fast asleep in bed.

Illustrated by Taia Morley